3M Privacy Filters can help prevent visual hacking

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How many times have you sat next to a stranger on a bus, train, plane, or at a cafe, with your laptop or tablet’s screen visible? Most of you will say, that it happens to you every day. Maybe you’re doing some work for the office, online shopping or other tasks. Are you worried that roaming eyes can see your business and personal information? You should be worried because there is a growing concern about visual privacy. Visual privacy is the issue of sensitive information being accessed visually via screens creating a security risk for organizations. Visual hacking is the active threat of sensitive, confidential or private information being viewed or captured for unauthorized use. According to a survey commissioned by 3M, two-thirds of working professionals display sensitive information on mobile devices outside the office. (Thomson, Herbert H, PhD. “Visual Data Breach Risk Assessment Study.” 2010. People Consulting Services, commissioned by 3M.) 

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3M is a leader in visual privacy solutions. They offer specially designed privacy filters for laptops, desktops monitors, tablets and smartphones. These filters and screen protectors feature advanced technology developed by 3M that allow the user to clearly view the screen without any issues, but anyone sitting next to them will only see a black screen when they try to snoop and look at the display. You might think that you don’t expose that much info on your computers and tablets when you’re in a public place, but visual hackers and identity thiefs don’t need a lot of info to do their bad deeds.

3M Privacy Filters are easy to install and remove and are available for a wide range of products. There are many people at my day job that use them on your laptop displays. They work very well. So well that I have to ask them to remove the filter (which is not difficult for laptops) so I can see their screen when they are trying to show me problems that need fixing. Yes, I’m in the IT department. Whether you need to protect business info or personal info, 3M Privacy Filters are an easy way to add an extra layer of security for your daily computer usage.

Learn More About 3M™ Privacy Products and Learn More About Visual Hacking. You can even Request a Sample by filling out a 6 question survey.

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  • Andrew Baker July 10, 2015, 10:12 am

    This is actually required to be HIPAA and PCI compliant. If your terminal displays any client/customer medical/billing/payment/credit/banking/SS# and any part of your terminal can be viewed by by the public (ie waiting room, counter, etc) Privacy filters must be installed to protect client/customer data. When working with doctor offices over the years I have installed so many of these I can’t even count. They work great, are relatively cheap and easy to install. Many companies will try and sell the monitors with built in privacy layers, but I find these 3-4x the cost of a normal monitor, and usually much lower quality.

  • Betty Widerski July 10, 2015, 12:40 pm

    I also use this at work – though I am not in a public area our cubicle contents are visible to anyone walking by.

    I’d like to see 3M target bank ATM screens to help reduce over-the-shoulder viewing when there’s a line at the ATM.

    • Andrew Baker July 10, 2015, 1:01 pm

      Most of the ATM’s in my area already have this.

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